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SBA New York Seeking Nominations for 2020 National Small Business Week Awards

Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Release Number: 
19-57
Contact: 
matthew.coleman@sba.gov

NEW YORK, NY – The U.S. Small Business Administration New York District Office is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National Small Business Week Awards, including the coveted Small Business Person of the Year award. The winner of that top prize will go on to compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year award and have the chance to represent our small business community, their brand and success story in Washington.

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America's small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation's economy.  Each year, SBA Awards are given in celebration of the week designated for May 3-9, 2019.

"This is a great opportunity to recognize those small businesses that have contributed significantly to their local communities, developed creative products or made advances with innovative technologies," SBA New York District Director Beth Goldberg said. "A National Small Business Week award is one of the nation's highest honors for small business achievement. We look forward to receiving your nomination and wish you the best of luck. I encourage you to visit our dedicated website www.sba.gov/nsbw to download forms, criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination.”

During National Small Business Week, May 3-9, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration will again shine a spotlight on America’s 30 million small businesses. Through community events across the country, the agency will honor entrepreneurs whose achievements over the past year stand out. National Small Business Week will include in-person events, a national educational virtual conference on a variety of business topics and a Twitter chat about how to start and grow a business.

Nominations for the following SBA New York District awards may be self-made or come from another party:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
  • Small Business Exporter of the Year
  • SBIR/STTR Recipient of the Year
  • Microbusiness of the Year
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Family-Owned Business of the Year
  • Woman Small Business Owner of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Minority Small Business Owner of the Year
  • Small Business Development Center for Excellence & Innovation

Criteria for each of these awards can be found on the SBA website

“National Small Business Week is an annual event dedicated to recognizing the nation’s top small businesses, entrepreneurs, small business advocates and champions from across the country. The SBA looks forward to honoring the metro New York area small businesses creating 21st century jobs, driving innovation, supporting our neighborhoods and increasing America’s global competitiveness,” added SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger who oversees agency operations throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

All eligible nominations for the New York District Office may come from the area it serves, encompassing New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley. This includes an eligible pool of over 1.6 million small businesses employing 5 million people throughout Bronx, Duchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.

The deadline for nomination submission is 3:00pm Eastern on January 7, 2020.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.